Hi, SINEZAMIA. Greetings from Sick and Destroy team. What are you up to these days?
We are looking for concerts to promote our music and work on new ideas
Would you please introduce your band to our readers who are not aware of your band and music?
The band is formed by Marco Grazzi on vocals, Carlo Enrico Scaietta on keyboards, Marco Beccari on bass, Stefano Morbini on drums and Alessandro Conte on guitar. Founded in 2004, we have many self-productions: two EPs, “Fronde” (2007), “Sacralità” (2009); three singles, “Ombra” (2011), “Senza fiato” (2013) and “Nel Blu” (2017), one album “La fuga” (2012), a live album called “Decadanza” (2015) and the second album to be released on June 11th for Sliptrick Records entitled “Fingere di essere (Pretend to be)“. We had many concerts in all the major cities of Italy and an important participation at “Masters of Rock” in the Czech Republic in 2013. We still remain the only band to have sung in Italian at that festival.
Give us a little insight into the formation of the band. When and how did it happen?
Sinezamia is an Italian rock band, founded in 2004 in the province of Mantua, a small and fascinating city in northern Italy. We have always distinguished ourselves from other local bands as we have always sung in Italian from the very beginning, using sounds linked to the dark and new wave vein, while maintaining a rock footprint. The first phase, the most decadent one, is represented by our first two self-produced EPs, Fronde (2007) and Sacralità (2009), of which, however, at the moment we no longer perform any piece. After some line-up changes, with the release of the single “Ombra” in 2011 and our first album “La fuga” in 2012, our sound becomes more mature and robust, embracing more metal and hard rock sounds, while maintaining a certain dark atmosphere. The album gets numerous reviews both in Italy and abroad, leading us to do many concerts in different Italian cities and to participate in 2013 in the prestigious “Masters of rock” in the Czech Republic. In the same year the single “Senza fiato” is released , followed by numerous other reviews, a revised version of “Warsaw” by Joy Division for an Italian compilation and many concerts throughout 2014. The last of these concerts is immortalized on record and is published in 2015 with the title “Decadanza ”, a record that celebrates the first 10 years of the band’s activity with 10 live recorded tracks, including an unpublished one. In 2016 the band decides to stop with the live activity, to dedicate itself to composing and writing the new record. In April 2017, on the occasion of Record Store Day, the unpublished single “Nel blu” is released. In 2018 the recordings of the new album of unreleased tracks begin and in 2019 the band signs the first recording contract with the label Sliptrick records for the publication of the new album.
Only Marco Grazzi on vocals and Carlo Enrico Scaietta on keyboards remain of the original line-up. On the bass we find Marco Beccari, in the band for over 10 years from the time of our second EP “Sacralità, Stefano Morbini joined the drums at the time of the single “Ombra” and on the guitar the new entry Alessandro Conte, who joined the band in early 2019 and replaced the previous guitarist, got out from the band once the recordings were completed.
Apart from Marco Grazzi, who has never had previous experiences, everyone has had bands with which they started playing. Now Stefano, the drummer, plays in several local tributes and the guitarist Alessandro has had several projects both of unpublished and cover songs.
But for everyone, Sinezamia project remains the most concrete and most relevant project.
At what age did you guys start playing instruments? Since when are you into metal music?
Inside the band there are different levels of musical preparation. A theoretical preparation is certainly an added value as regards the composition and the execution of the songs, it allows you to better control the direction of the song. on the other hand, without passion, fueled only by the practical aspect, the road would be even more difficult.
Art cannot be restricted into definitions and fitted into a box, but rules must be followed. As in life, balance brings results. Metal is an influence that came later, with the inclusion of new members in the band. The initial influences ware more related to dark and new wave.
SINEZAMIA recently released “Fingere di essere”. Tell us something about it.
“Fingere di essere” is our latest record. It was a very hurt record, with a long gestation and composition. Many pieces have been discarded and they have not found the definitive dress to enter the album. He was born at a time when we decided not to play live to find the right concentration to create new material. Some tracks then underwent several changes, so the times have expanded and certain internal contrasts have certainly not helped everything. There was a bit of a crisis, let’s say.
In fact at the end of the recordings, our historical guitarist with whom we had been playing for 10 years decided to leave the band. We then waited to insert a new guitarist and take back all the material in rehearsal room and then decide to publish the album.
However, there will be 10 songs that will bring a breath of newness to our sound, reinvigorated and strengthened compared to the past, with more open mind and less gloomy lyrics, without forgetting more robust and dreamlike plots.
How has been the response so far by the listeners? Have you started working on new songs already?
I would say well, given the critical timing of the music and the harrowing situation in Italy. This is not the moment of rock and our proposal is not very relevant to the tastes of today’s young people
When and where did you play your first gig? How was the experience of going live for the first time?
A private party with friends. Something unconscious but fun for the moment. It was 2004.
What, according to you, is the secret behind band’s success?
If we had success, we would not be here to fight every day for more visibility. Do not you think?
Ever had an epic fail moment during a gig?
Any executive errors we have always tried to mask them with ease.
When you play original pieces, we say that the public is not always prepared for what they hear, let alone not know the pieces. So if you miss an attack, a sentence in the text, a note … you can play it well. The important thing is not to panic.
Usually we are always calm before a performance, anyway now we know that on stage the sounds will always be different from the soundcheck done a few hours before and we are ready for every new adventure.
If asked to differentiate SINEZAMIA from other bands in your country, how would you like to respond to it?
With all honesty? We are the only Italian band to play Italian rock sung in Italian. Then the average Italian can find all the similarities he wants rather than praising our merits, but it’s the truth. And we are proud of it.
Which bands/ artists do you draw your influences from? Which are your favorite local bands?
As mentioned, the influences have been many over the years, then changed over the years and different for each component. I can tell you that in the early days the major influences were linked to bands like Litfiba, Timoria, Joy Division, Bauhaus, Editors, Franz Ferdinand etc. But then you grow, you free yourself from certain loves, assimilate everything and try not to carry more labels. We are now all we have assimilated in 15 years. But we are not those of the beginnings, this must be clear. But in Italy it is very hard to make it understood, although the current prominent Italian bands are for the most part a remake of pop sounds at least 35 years ago. And nobody says anything.
To be as famous as our favorite band? Perhaps if we were born at the same time, we would surely have had some satisfaction.
Unfortunately our area has been practically dead for years and lacks any scene.
The same live music locals no longer exist, so it is difficult to have a tangible response. The Italian scene is then more inclined to an Indie / Pop Wave, where the guitar hardly exists anymore. We are decadent rockers, do you understand? If there was an active and prolific scene, surely we would have played and achieved much more in these 15 years. But we are still stronger and more convinced than ever of our means and experience.
How do you guys manage jobs and gigs? Also how often do you guys gathering altogether just to fun?
We all have a major job that engages us most of the day. Then we have a home and a family to dedicate the rest of our time to. So over the years, music has had to be resized within our lives. It is not just a case that we have not played live in the last 3 years. But now we are loaded for the release of the new record, we know how to make the most of the time we have available and we will certainly throw away less than in the past. Less rehearsals but more determination and concentration.
SINEZAMIA is a very promising formation. Talking of your future, 5 years from now, where do you see yourself?
With new records, lots of dates and some more satisfaction.
Well, that’s it. Thanks a lot for your time. Speak out to all your fans and supporters.
Thank you all for your attention. You can buy or listen to our new album at the following links:
Spotify | https://spoti.fi/2F3dwy2
iTunes | Apple Music | https://apple.co/2K8Ztvd
Amazon | https://amzn.to/2XGMcxc
Google Play | http://bit.ly/2MDTMre
Deezer | http://bit.ly/2Wv7ex2
Bandcamp | http://bit.ly/2IzzYzZ
Videoclip “Fingere di essere”: